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Rallying, marching and tweeting for #SOSBlakAustralia

If a picture can tell a thousand words, then the tweets from the #SOSBlakAustralia rallies that were held around the country in recent days surely tell a few books’ worth. In remote communities, country towns, regional centres and the cities, many thousands of people rallied to express support for the rights of Aboriginal peoples, and [...]

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5 major climate change pressures on health: peak medical, science orgs call on Aust govts to act now

Australia’s peak medical and science organisations today joined forces to call for action from all Australian governments to plan for and address the impacts of climate change on human health. The call came as the Australian Academy of Science launched its new report: Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities, which has been endorsed [...]

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‘The Coal Face’: fateful decisions & more questions on the ongoing public health crisis of the Hazelwood coal mine fire

The Coal Face by Melbourne journalist and author Tom Doig is a compelling read about the 2104 Hazelwood coalmine fire, which began on 9 February 2014 and burned for 45 days, sending smoke and ash over the town of Morwell in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The book is short and sharp, and details fateful decisions made [...]

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A MayDay call to action for health professionals: sign this letter and stand up for #SOSBlakAustralia

(This post was updated on April 28 & 29, & May 1). This Friday (May 1), rallies will be held around Australia and in other countries to protest against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. In the open letter published below, Dr Melissa Stoneham of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia and [...]

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How we’ve ended up with a bankrupt health debate…

Health policy news has been making headlines of late. There’s been: • the Federal Government’s long-awaited announcement on the new Primary Health Networks; • the move to financially penalise conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination (the merits of this approach have been questioned by some public health experts); • calls for action on mental health reform in the wake [...]

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After years of calls for regulatory action on quad bikes, the toll continues

Croakey contributors have been calling for regulatory action on quad bikes for some years (see the list of stories at the bottom of this post), and the issue is again in the spotlight with inquests in NSW and Queensland. Meanwhile, Ann Arnold, who recently investigated the safety of quad bikes for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing [...]

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A medical student explores the importance of Aboriginal culture, Country and the homelands movement

Medical student Jaime Fox writes about her placement in Utopia (Northern Territories) and the importance of the homelands movement with Dr Jonathan Kingsley, providing some evidence on the importance of traditional land (known as Country). This discussion was sparked from a conversation held at the recent Doctors for the Environment Australia conference (iDEA2015) after Dr [...]

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Parallel lines that never meet: #IASLottery & fortune cookie wisdom vs Closing the Gap evidence

Submissions are being called for the Senate inquiry into “the impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes” – or the #IASLottery as it’s known on Twitter. In the post below, Dr Tim Senior looks at how the Strategy measures up against the best evidence on what works [...]

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A prescription for better rural health from young leaders

Representatives from 28 university Rural Health Clubs gathered in Melbourne recently for the annual council meeting of the National Rural Health Students’ Network. Their new Chair, David Khoo, reports for Croakey on what matters most to the future leaders of rural health: Good health should be a given in a country as wealthy as Australia. [...]

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#NSW Votes lacks a vision for dealing with poverty and disadvantage

The two critical issues for NSW electors on Saturday appear to be concerns about coal seam gas, and ownership of the poles and wires of the state’s electricity network, according to former MP Tony Windsor, who expects the vote to be close (writing in The Saturday Paper). Meanwhile, Tracy Howe, CEO of the Council of [...]

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